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Coronavirus Resources

The materials below include general information about the coronavirus, resources for people with autism and other disabilities, guidance on how to manage stress and anxiety related to COVID-19, and links to IACC member federal department and agency information. For the latest public health information on COVID-19 from the CDC and federal partners, please see https://www.coronavirus.gov.

Featured Resources

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SPARK
Surveys of families and adults involved in the SPARK study revealed some of the impacts of the pandemic on the autism community. A follow up survey showed that parents and caregivers of children on the autism spectrum reported disruptions to their child’s special education and disability services, and both children and adults experienced disruptions to telehealth. Some parents reported that this resulted in an increase in their child’s autism-related challenges.
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National Institutes of Health
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and NICHD Director Dr. Diana Bianchi talk about children’s risk for getting COVID-19, the effects of the pandemic on child development, and the effects on children with disabilities.

General Information

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Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Learn about the latest COVID-19 updates and how to protect yourself and your family.
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National Institutes of Health
Discover the latest research and clinical trials related to COVID-19 and read blog posts from NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins.
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The White House, CDC, and FEMA
Learn about the novel coronavirus, find resources, and keep up with the latest news. This website is supported by the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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USA.gov
Visit this website to learn about the federal response to COVID-19 and discover resources and information from various agencies.

Autism and Disability

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Administration for Community Living
The ACL’s COVID-19 resources includes information for older adults and people with disabilities and resources for the organizations that serve them.
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Autism Science Foundation
ASF has developed a list of COVID-19 resources for families, researchers, and services providers. They are also hosting an ongoing webinar series on topics such as research, employment, trauma, and more. This page is updated frequently.
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Center for Disease Control and Prevention
This page identifies which disability groups may be at increased risk for COVID-19 complications, and what preventive actions can be taken to prepare and protect yourself and your family.
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Department of Labor
The DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has developed lists of new and existing resources that can help workers on the autism spectrum, employers, service providers, and others during the pandemic.
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National Council on Disability
The National Council on Disability submitted input on the needs and rights of individuals with disabilities to a National Academies study panel commissioned by CDC and NIH that is exploring the ethics of distribution of vaccines for COVID-19 once they become available.
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National Institutes of Health
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and NICHD Director Dr. Diana Bianchi talk about children’s risk for getting COVID-19, the effects of the pandemic on child development, and the effects on children with disabilities.
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NIMH Director's Messages
In his message for Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Joshua Gordon, NIMH Director and IACC Chair, discusses how individuals with autism are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and resources available to help the community during this time.
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SPARK
SPARK is working to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. They aim to repeatedly survey their participants to understand the impact over time.
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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The EEOC developed resources to share information on the continued enforcement of workplace anti-discrimination laws during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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World Health Organization
This report outlines protective measures and actions that can be taken to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on those with disabilities.

Mental Health

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Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Learn how to manage stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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NIH Director’s Blog
Recently, Dr. Francis Collins discussed the stress, anxiety, and grief people may be experiencing due to COVID-19 with Dr. Joshua Gordon. Dr. Gordon explained how to cope and the importance of seeking help.
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National Institute of Mental Health
NIMH’s resources on COVID-19 feature sharable graphics that can be used to raise awareness on how to cope with stress related to the ongoing pandemic. These resources also feature messages from NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon.
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National Institutes of Health
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and National Institute of Mental Health Director Dr. Josh Gordon hold an important conversation on how to manage your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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NIMH Director's Messages
Learn about coping with stress, fear, and anxiety when facing uncertainty.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA’s resources feature information that can help individuals manage their behavioral and mental health during a pandemic. Their resources also highlight guidance for providers, communities, and states that are helping people in crisis. Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline if you are experiencing emotional distress.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Joshua Gordon, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, offers five steps you can follow to maintain your mental health and well-being during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

IACC Member Agency Websites

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Administration for Children and Families
The ACF has compiled resources on available help and support for your family and community.
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Administration for Community Living
The ACL’s COVID-19 resources includes information for older adults and people with disabilities and resources for the organizations that serve them.
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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
This page highlights AHRQ funding announcements, guidance for health care systems, and data analysis to help decision makers understand trends.
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Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Learn about the latest COVID-19 updates and how to protect yourself and your family.
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Learn about the action the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is taking in response to COVID-19, such as temporary guidelines for Medicaid and CHIP services and state waivers.
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Department of Defense
Learn how the Defense Department is working with the Department of Health and Human Services and State Department to provide support during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Department of Justice
Find out what to do if you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19.
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Department of Labor
Learn about resources that protect employees and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those that can help workers on the autism spectrum, employers, service providers, and others during the pandemic.
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Department of Veterans Affairs
The VA has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans, their families, health care providers, and staff in the face of this emerging health risk.
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Environmental Protection Agency
This website provides key Environmental Protection Agency resources on COVID-19, such as information on disinfectants.
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Food and Drug Administration
Learn about the Food and Drug Administration’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, such as the responses to supply shortages and drug announcements.
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Health Resources and Services Administration
This page provides information for MCHB grantees and resources for families and caregivers of children with special health care needs.
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Indian Health Service
Learn about federal government coordination with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners on COVID-19.
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National Institutes of Health
Discover the latest research and clinical trials related to COVID-19 and read blog posts from NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins.
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Social Security Administration
Learn about what the Social Security Administration is doing in response to COVID-19 and find answers to commonly asked questions about social security benefits.
 
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